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Welcome to  the website of the Press Council of Ireland and  Office of the Press Ombudsman. Established in 2008, we consider complaints about newspapers (print and online), magazines and online-only news publications - view our full list of member publications.

We are independent of government and the press.

There is no charge for making complaints.

The standards our members commit to can be found in the Code of Practice of the Press Council.

We cannot consider complaints about publications that are not members of the Press Council of Ireland, or complaints about broadcasting or advertising.

We also promote press freedom and the right to freedom of expression.

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Recent Decisions and News

114/2019 - A Man and the Irish Daily Star

The Press Ombudsman has insufficient evidence to make a decision on a complaint that the Irish Daily Star breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland. He has decided not to uphold a complaint that Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) had been breached. Read on

143/2019 Mr Eddie Sheehy and Village

The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made by Mr Eddie Sheehy that Village magazine breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.   Read on

4021/2019 A Complainant and The Irish Times

The Press Ombudsman has decided that action offered and taken by The Irish Times was sufficient to resolve a complaint that Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland had been breached. A complaint that Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) was breached was not upheld. Read on